The 2019 Oscars were also a big deal for fans of American Idol. Not only did past contestants Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson perform during the ceremony, but we also got a preview into the new season.
Before the awards, ABC aired a preview of the upcoming competition called
American Idol: A New Journey Begins, featuring judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan talking about the show. Then, during the Oscars telecast, fans were treated to a promo featuring contestants from this season.
The clip was apparently filmed at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. It begins with host Ryan Seacrest standing in an elevator holding a golden ticket to Hollywood. A young woman standing next to him grabs the ticket and begins singing Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”
We see more and more contestants as the video goes on. Eventually, they all end up on a rooftop stage for the big finale. Ryan Seacrest declares, “This is the incredible talent you’ll see on American Idol next Sunday on ABC.”
Who Are These Contestants?
You might be wondering where these contestants fall in the future of the season. And you wouldn’t be alone. In fact, many commenters on YouTube believed that the show had actually revealed the finalists before the season even premiered.
However, that’s not the case. As the video’s description explains (and as the show replied to several commenter complaints), these are all contestants we’ll meet in the premiere episode.
Since it would be pretty bold of American Idol to reject a singer and then ask them to appear in a promo, I’m going to go ahead and assume these contestants had successful auditions. I guess we’ll have to tune in to the premiere to know for sure.
Who Are Fans Excited To See?
One singer in particular captured the attention of the several commenters. His name is apparently Vokillz, and he appears 36 seconds into the video to give a death metal growl.
Some fans appear to already know who he is, while others simply took notice of his unique style. “Homie at 0:36 better win this thing,” one commenter wrote.
We’re excited to learn more about him and the rest of the contestants when the new season of American Idol premieres March 3 at 8/7c on ABC.